FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2018
TORONTO, ON – Today, the Toronto Police Service presented its annual hate crime report. The report indicated that hate crimes in the GTA amounted to 186 incidents in the past year, a 28% increase from 2017, and the highest it has been in 15 years.
In response, Noah Shack, CIJA Vice President, Greater Toronto Area, issued the following:
“It is appalling that, in a city as welcoming and diverse as Toronto, an antisemitic crime took place on average once a week in 2017. Behind every victim of antisemitism is a person and a family who feel the lingering impact of hate.”
“We must remain resilient and continue to work strategically with our partners in law enforcement and government to combat hate in all of its forms. Police deserve credit for shining a light on these disturbing trends and for working to keep Toronto residents safe.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
- Hate crimes in general went up 28% in 2017. The number of hate crimes (186) was the highest it has been in 15 years.
- Hate crimes against the Jewish community increased by 23% (from 43 to 53 crimes).
- The Jewish community remained the most frequently targeted minority. Jews are 3.8% of the population of Toronto but victims of 28% of all hate crimes in the city.
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